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The Brownbread Mixtape – Two Shows at Electric Picnic 2013!

 

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Hello brownbread homeslices. We are very excited to announce that we will have two brownbread mixtape shows at Electric Picnic 2013. We have an exciting selection of performers lined up for our shows on The Word stage in Mindfield. Our show will feature the usual funny audience participation you’ve come to know and love, as well as the rousing alternative national anthem “My Blood is Boiling for Ireland”, as well as sketch comedy from the inimitable Brownbread Players. Also on the bill will be poets Brian Conaghan and John Cummins, as well as the magical music of the inimitable Marc O’Reilly and the melodious master Ross Breen. We have one more trick up our sleeve but you will have to just come along to the shows to see what that might be. Our show on Saturday August 31st is due to start at 4pm and our show on Sunday Sept 1st is due to start at 5pm but, as always, that is subject to change, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for show times. We are giddy with excitement about it and can’t wait to bring back the craic like last year. Spread the word and see you all there!

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly live comedy, poetry & music show in Dublin, Ireland.

Each show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

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the brownbread mixtape Irish performance poetry audio showcase – Commissioned by Penduline Press, USA

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We are delighted and honoured to let you know about a special audio broadcast on performance poetry in Ireland that we recently put together for a special Irish issue of Penduline Press, a literary journal based in Portland, Oregon, USA. Our inimitable host Kalle Ryan was commissioned by guest editor Dave Lordan, to put together an audio selection of the most interesting and engaging contemporary performance poets in Ireland and the end result, an hour long broadcast, can be found at the soundcloud link below. There are, of course, many other brilliant performance poets across this country, but we simply didnt have space or existing audio recordings to include them all in this showcase.

We are very proud of it and immensely honoured to have had so many gifted poets grace our stage over the last few years.  We hope that you take a moment to listen to the broadcast and that you enjoy it. Please feel free to share it with any poetry and spoken word fans you may know. We also encourage you to read the entire current issue of Penduline which features a wide selection of great contemporary Irish writing. Enjoy!

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“[the brownbread mixtape] is a very professionally run cabaret and it has featured many of the most engaging and entertaining live arts practitioners in the country. Kalle is an excellent host and curator, a fact proven by the popularity of the monthly event. Everybody wants a gig at The Brownbread Mixtape. [ … ] Kalle probably has the closest to an overview of performance poetry in Ireland and he was the obvious choice to make a showcase selection for Penduline.” – Dave Lordan, Guest Editor, Penduline

 

Poets in order of appearance:

1. Stephen James Smith – Poem: “The Gardener”
2. John Cummins – Poem: “Brink”
3. Abby Oliveira – Poem: “the television”
4. Karl Parkinson – Poem: “The Positivity Manifesto”
5. Raven – Poem: “High John”
6. Erin Fornoff – Poem: “Hymn to the Reckless”
7. Brian Conaghan – Poem: “Waiting for the penny to drop”
8. Colm Keegan – Poem: “Ireland Is”
9. Fergus Costello – Poem: “Extract from a letter to the fella that used to be married to my sister”
10. Kalle Ryan – Poem: Excerpt from Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About”

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly live comedy, poetry & music show in Dublin, Ireland.

Each show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

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brilliant brownbread birthday celebrations!

Thanks to every one of you who came to our show last night and joined us in our second birthday festivities. It has been a remarkable couple of years with an astonishing array of performers of the very highest calibre. But the one thing that has set us apart from every other night in this city is you, the audience. Your generosity of spirit and pure passion & warmth are unparalleled. (Plus your stories are pretty hilarious too) It is the electricity and energy in that room every month that makes us want to keep it going.

(AWLF  – The Guilty Folk :: Written specifically about the brownbread mixtape audience)

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When we began this wonderful night two years ago, we set out to simply create an event that we would love to see ourselves. Our central philosophy has remained unchanged since day one. The show must expose people to great new artists & art forms, to be accessible to anyone and to always be of a consistently high artistic standard. Last night is proof positive that we have achieved that and more.

Thank you to everyone who has attended the brownbread mixtape over the last two years. Thanks to all of you for spreading the word and supporting live music, live poetry and live comedy in Dublin city. It is a pleasure to do the show every month and thanks to your support we have even been able to bring the show to the Imagine Festival in Waterford, the Mindfield Festival in Dublin, the Trash Culture Revue in Cork, The Flat Lake Festival in Monaghan and several other venues. We have loads of really exciting stuff coming up later this year, so please stay connected to us here and on our Facebook page and YouTube channel for updates. We will also post up the film of last night’s event once the brilliant gang at Storymap Dublin have completed it. We are really excited about it!

So, we are taking a well earned break for the month of July to recharge our artistic and spiritual batteries, but we will return in August with bucketfuls of brilliance and zen for another fresh slice of brown bread. So, we wish you all a happy summer holiday and, you never know, there might be a few blog posts on here between now and then to keep you topped up with artistic goodness.

Kalle & Enda

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Ustream

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LIVE webcast of the brownbread mixtape tonight!

Broadcasting the show live from this link at 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm EST , June 29th 2011

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This month’s show is on June 29th and we will be celebrating our second birthday! The theme is “DRINKING” so join us for several beverages!

the brownbread mixtape is on Wed, June 29th at 8.30pm, upstairs in the Stag’s Head. the theme for this month is “DRINKING” [Facebook event page here]

It’s our second birthday! So come along and join us for a celebratory drink! We plan on having a film crew in to document the evening, so anyone on a witness protection programme may want to reconsider coming along. The rest of you are very welcome though!

resident MC and drinker Kalle Ryan will be in place again to host proceedings and wave his applause sign. resident sound man and fellow drinker Enda Roche will also be in the corner co-hosting and raising the decibels.

The following outstanding performers will be on the lineup:

MUSIC :

Marc O’Reilly |

Marc O’Reilly’s roots may lie in Waterford and France, but his sound rests somewhere between the American-influenced folk blues of Peter Green and contemporaries such as Ray LaMontagne and Gomez. Following stints in different alt/rock bands, Marc began to make his mark in 2010 as a solo performer, playing at last summer’s Electric Picnic festival and supporting fellow Irish songwriters including David Kitt. Marc’s musical journey has seen him play across different continents following gigs in the US and Australia, but he is back based in Ireland for the release of his debut album “My Friend Marx” and the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome him to the stage.

“. . . a remarkable debut” – Hot Press

The Guilty Folk |

The Guilty Folk are Aidan Comerford and Sarah Williams, two people who get sexually-excited by the sound of applause. In reciprocation they will try to make you laugh and sing-a-long with their big fat songs about sex and love. If you’re extra-lucky, you may even get to hear them with Neil “Lovechild” Dexter on double bass. Like most acts these days, their happiness is directly proportional to the amount of people who click “like” on their Facebook page on any given day. the brownbread mixtape is only delerious with excitement to welcome them back and feels like a proud parent in their life story but we will leave them to tell that tale on the night. Oh the intrigue.

SPOKEN WORD:

Abby Oliveira |

Abby is a writer and performer. She has co-written 2 performance poetry shows with the Poetry Chicks. She was a finalist in the All Ireland and Glastonbury poetry slams (2009/10), as well as a finalist in the BBC Radio4 Poetry Slam (2009). Her poems have been published in various magazines, books and journals, she was a compere of the Poetry and Words venue at Glastonbury 2010, and has appeared at Electric Picnic, The Flat Lake Festival, Waterford Writer’s Weekend, The Forge at Gort festival, Out to Lunch festival and countless others. She also has extensive experience as a creative writing facilitator and has worked with children and adults of all ages in community and other capacities. She also happens to be one of the very best poets currently performing in Ireland and the brownbread mixtape is honoured, giddy and thrilled to welcome her to the stage.

Brian Conaghan |

Brian was co-founder of successful Glasgow Theatre Company, Vanishing Point, and has had his plays performed throughout the UK. In 2006 Brian completed a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow where he managed to stumble through the last of his three novels, The Boy Who Made it Rain, which he will read from tonight. As well as reading from his recently published novel, Brian will read a couple of his pitch perfect poems. Brian Conaghan is a talented bastard and we love talented bastards at the brownbread mixtape.

SKETCH COMEDY

The Brownbread Players |

Our very own hilarious sketch troupe will perform brand new skits and sketches on the theme of the night. The Brownbread Players for this month’s show are Sean McDonagh, Gus McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Kalle Ryan (with guest appearances by other McDonaghs).

OTHER COOL STUFF

Barring any technical hitches, we will be broadcasting LIVE ON D’INTERNET

We will be having our monthly RAFFLE with highy desirable and coveted prizes

And you can expect lots of surprises and silliness

It would be a pleasure to see you all there!

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Ustream

 

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Celebrate our second birthday with us at this month’s show!

the brownbread mixtape is on Wed, June 29th at 8.30pm, upstairs in the Stag’s Head. the theme for this month is “DRINKING” [Facebook event page here]

It’s our second birthday! So come along and join us for a celebratory drink! We plan on having a film crew in to document the evening, so anyone on a witness protection programme may want to reconsider coming along. The rest of you are very welcome though!

resident MC and drinker Kalle Ryan will be in place again to host proceedings and wave his applause sign. resident sound man and fellow drinker Enda Roche will also be in the corner co-hosting and raising the decibels.

The following outstanding performers will be on the lineup:

MUSIC :

Marc O’Reilly |

Marc O’Reilly’s roots may lie in Waterford and France, but his sound rests somewhere between the American-influenced folk blues of Peter Green and contemporaries such as Ray LaMontagne and Gomez. Following stints in different alt/rock bands, Marc began to make his mark in 2010 as a solo performer, playing at last summer’s Electric Picnic festival and supporting fellow Irish songwriters including David Kitt. Marc’s musical journey has seen him play across different continents following gigs in the US and Australia, but he is back based in Ireland for the release of his debut album “My Friend Marx” and the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome him to the stage.

“. . . a remarkable debut” – Hot Press

The Guilty Folk |

The Guilty Folk are Aidan Comerford and Sarah Williams, two people who get sexually-excited by the sound of applause. In reciprocation they will try to make you laugh and sing-a-long with their big fat songs about sex and love. If you’re extra-lucky, you may even get to hear them with Neil “Lovechild” Dexter on double bass. Like most acts these days, their happiness is directly proportional to the amount of people who click “like” on their Facebook page on any given day. the brownbread mixtape is only delerious with excitement to welcome them back and feels like a proud parent in their life story but we will leave them to tell that tale on the night. Oh the intrigue.

SPOKEN WORD:

Abby Oliveira |

Abby is a writer and performer. She has co-written 2 performance poetry shows with the Poetry Chicks. She was a finalist in the All Ireland and Glastonbury poetry slams (2009/10), as well as a finalist in the BBC Radio4 Poetry Slam (2009). Her poems have been published in various magazines, books and journals, she was a compere of the Poetry and Words venue at Glastonbury 2010, and has appeared at Electric Picnic, The Flat Lake Festival, Waterford Writer’s Weekend, The Forge at Gort festival, Out to Lunch festival and countless others. She also has extensive experience as a creative writing facilitator and has worked with children and adults of all ages in community and other capacities. She also happens to be one of the very best poets currently performing in Ireland and the brownbread mixtape is honoured, giddy and thrilled to welcome her to the stage.

Brian Conaghan |

Brian was co-founder of successful Glasgow Theatre Company, Vanishing Point, and has had his plays performed throughout the UK. In 2006 Brian completed a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow where he managed to stumble through the last of his three novels, The Boy Who Made it Rain, which he will read from tonight. As well as reading from his recently published novel, Brian will read a couple of his pitch perfect poems. Brian Conaghan is a talented bastard and we love talented bastards at the brownbread mixtape.

SKETCH COMEDY

The Brownbread Players |

Our very own hilarious sketch troupe will perform brand new skits and sketches on the theme of the night. The Brownbread Players for this month’s show are Sean McDonagh, Gus McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Kalle Ryan (with guest appearances by other McDonaghs).

OTHER COOL STUFF

Barring any technical hitches, we will be broadcasting LIVE ON D’INTERNET here

We will be having our monthly RAFFLE with highy desirable and coveted prizes

And you can expect lots of surprises and silliness

It would be a pleasure to see you all there!

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Ustream

 

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Best of 2010 – Poetry & Prose

This is the first in a series of “Best Of” 2010 posts and what better way to kick it off than with the remarkable spoken word performers we have seen this year at the brownbread mixtape. Poets and prose writers alike were at the heart of the brownbread show and this list showcases the very best proponents and practitioners of the art in Ireland right now. No only do these performers inspire, they also electrify and elucidate that which swirls around us. The spoken word when done right is shamanistic & cathartic and truthfully each one of these performers gave us an experience like that when they performed this year. Click on the links below and relive some of that magic. So, without further ado, not in any specific order, we give you a baker’s dozen of the best moments in poetry and prose this year at the brownbread mixtape

[See also : Overview of The Brownbread Mixtape in 2010 | Best of Sketch Comedy 2010 (The Brownbread Players)Best of Stand-Up Comedy 2010 | Best of Music 2010 ]

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1. Colm Keegan

Colm is quite simply one of our great Irish writers and he is one of our very favourite performers. He claims that his best ever gig was at the brownbread mixtape back in March of this year. He performed a new poem on the night that he had written specifically for the show called “Ireland is…” which was ridiculously good. [Since then he has recorded it and released it on iTunes as part of The Unruly Trinity collaborative project with Simon Quigley and Mark Cullen. Download it!] As the recording device was faulty on the night of the gig, we sadly have no useable footage of it and instead are posting the clip above from Colm’s first ever time performing at the brownbread mixtape last year when he recited his signature poem “The Crackle”. An amazing poem that captures the zeitgeist and wraps it up in Colm’s trademark hope for the city he loves! Unsurprisingly, Colm has been short-listed for the Sunday Tribune’s Hennessy X.O Literary Awards on three separate occasions (possibly even four). As well as being the current All Ireland Poetry Slam champion, he also finds the time every month to run the magical and hugely popular Nighthawks gig at the Cobalt Café with Stephen Kennedy (which is deadly). He also appears regularly as a reviewer on Arena arts show on RTE Radio 1. Talented bastard! Suffice it to say, Colm is the real deal and you’ll be learning his poems for the Leaving Cert if there is any justice.  Find him and dig him. [Uiscebot Blog]

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2. Stephen James Smith

Stephen performed on a couple of occasions during the year at the brownbread mixtape and every single time he knocked it out of the park. This rendition of his poem “The Gardener” was one of those amazing spine tingling recitals that he is so damn good at. Elder Roche’s understated piano accompaniment adds so much to the experience. It was one of those special nights were the hushed room really responded and hopefully that comes through in the video above. For those of you that don’t know Stephen, he is a brilliant performance poet and a bit of a legend in Dublin. Not only is he a former Cúirt International Literary Festival Grand Slam Poetry Champion, he is also the MC and organiser of the excellent weekly Glór Sessions in the International Bar. (If you haven’t been to the Glór Sessions on a Monday night yet, then ask yourself why not. It is free and attracts some of the best acts in Ireland and beyond.) Last year Stephen proudly represented Ireland at the Vilenica Literary Festival in Slovenia, this year he recited at a prestigious invitation-only Polish literary festival and he is currently recording an EP of Irish poems with the gifted musician Enda Reilly. Stephen is a truly hypnotic presence onstage and is consistently one of our most popular past performers at the brownbread mixtape. Make it your duty in 2011 to see him live. You’ll be glad you did. [Get more info at StephenJamesSmith.com]

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3. Karl Parkinson

Karl is a poet that just demands the ears of a room. He has a langorous, direct style that takes in all the facets of a lived life and mixes them up with his love of popular culture. He has been described by the Evening Herald as “a beat poet who almost defies description; part Allen Ginsberg, part Snoop Dogg” and who are we to argue? This poem captures both his optimistic take on the world, as well as his ability to weave in strands of his many different influences. His chapbook “A Sacrament of song”, is currently available to purchase from Wurmpress and it is well worth your time and money. Karl has a point of view that is gaining an audience and it is easy to understand why. Seek him out. [Karl Parkinson on myspace]

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4. Colm Liddy

Colm is a wonderfully witty, whimsical and lyrical prose writer. In person he delivers his stories with real understated humour and deft touches. Much like the gifted North Carolina humorist David Sedearis, he manages to make the everyday seem more real and more funny with every sentence. And for the full experience, much like Sedaris, the stories truly come alive in the live arena. The above story was one we heard Colm tell originally at Electric Picnic and it was no less engaging on this occasion at the brownbread mixtape. His Penguin published book “40 fights between husbands and wives” is similarly funny and touching and you really should buy it now!. Keep an eye out for his first novel early in 2011. [ColmLiddy.com]

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5. Dave Lordan

Dave Lordan is a ball of energy and his poetry is a fiery, all-consuming experience. He stunned the brownbread mixtape crowd with his powerful poetry this summer with a series of poems that dipped into politics, religion, recession and personal experience. The performance of “Fearless” was classic Lordan. It was passionate, human & genuinely raucous and has been one of the most talked about moments of the year at the brownbread mixtape.His recent publication “Invitation to a Sacrifice” is an astonishing piece of work that unflinchingly captures the zeitgeist. On the page, Lordan is a master provocateur and ideas man. Onstage, he is a shaman who will take you to the places you never realised you wanted to go. See it and believe it. [Dave Lordan @ Salmon Poetry]

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6. Edward Denniston

Edward is a terrific poet, hailing originally from Longford but based in Waterford for many years and none the worse off for it! His intelligent, thoughtful and inventive poetry truly captured our audience’s imagination at Downes Bar in Waterford in October of this year (as part of the Imagine Arts Festival). His introductory stories were as poetic and engaging as his poems and it was a true honour to have him perform on the brownbread mixtape stage. His website below contains an e-book with magnificent poems and we encourage you to take the time to read it. One of the best collections of this or any year. [EdwardDenniston.com]

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7. Catherina Behan

Catherina is a poet who gives of herself so deeply and personally with each performance that it almost feels voyeuristic to see her perform. And by the same token she manages to bring you so close to her heart that you can’t help but feel that each poem is written just for you. On two occasions she has performed at the brownbread mixtape and each time she has wowed the crowd with her carefully constructed poems. “Happy Birthday to Me” was a poem we first heard at the Flat Lakes Festival this summer and it truly floored us. This particular performance is one of her very best. Alas, she is presently emigrating to Australia which is the Dublin spoken word scene’s loss, but with a bit of luck she will perform for us via the world wide web in the new year. Her voice is strong and we look forward to hearing it no matter where we find ourselves. [Catherina Behan on myspace]

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8. Philip Lynch

Phil is a true gentleman and a genuine old-school bard. His poems capture the essence of the human condition and are peppered with humour, hope and melancholy. He is one of the poets that received the most warm responses of the year and it is easy to hear why. This poem “Progress” captured the audience’s imagination on the night and really showcases his lyricism. Phil performs regularly in Dublin at the many poetry events around the city and we strongly encourage you to take the time to listen to his measured and insightful poetry.

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9. Niamh Bagnell

Niamh did a great performance at the brownbread mixtape at the start of this year and really endeared herself to the bubbly crowd. Her snappy poem “Without My Phone”, which we have shared here, has all of her trademark dry-humour and humanity. As well as regularly writing her wonderfully poetic blog, Various Cushions, she has also hosts the fantastic “Sunday Scrapbook” show on Liffey Sound FM that showcases contemporary writers and performers. Click the link and be prepared to spend hours in her poetic wonderland. [Various Cushions]

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10 CAH-44

CAH-44  is a performance poet and one of the few true proponents of sound-poems in Dublin that we have come across. He is one of the regular hosts of “Tongue Box” spoken word night at the Cobblestone pub every month and is truly passionate about the spoken word. His chapbook “still beat / still beat” has recently been published by wurmpress at Wurm im Apfel and is well worth 3 of your euros. This poem, “For the Princess and her Pea” is taken from his performance earlier this year and is full of Cah-44’s trademark inventiveness and lyricism. Seek Cah-44 out in a live setting and experience his unique style for your self. [CAH-44 on myspace]

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11. John Cummins

John is a truthful and genuine poet who imbues his performances with real humanity and sensitive slices of his life. His easygoing manner onstage is both warm & engaging and this performance of his poem “Stagefright” was one of many delights on the night. After a protracted absence from live performance, John is making a major return to the scene and we strongly encourage you to check him out. He is a true gentleman and a wonderful wordsmith worthy of your time. [John Cummins on myspace]

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12. Brian Conaghan

Brian is a talented poet with a dazzling array of cleverly constructed, heartfelt and humorous poems. His performance earlier this year at the brownbread mixtape was one of those super moments of jaw-dropping coolness. It was a true showcase of his razor-sharp wit & lyrical abilities and this rendition of “Waiting for the Penny to Drop” was one of those magical, electric moments that lit up the room. He also performed the hilarious poem “Crazy C*nt” on the night and that is well worth a gander too. Keep an eye out for Brian as he is world class and his name is one that will undoubtedly cross your path again.

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13. Stephen Walsh

Sometimes little surprises are the sweetest moments of the night. Stephen’s performance at the Imagine Festival in Waterford (which he had helped to organise, praise him) was one of those special moments conjured out of the ether that left the room mesmerised and satisfied. With the soft gentle tones of Elder Roche’s piano underpinning an absurd and authentic poetic exploration of working life, he captured our attention decisively and beautifully. The Munster Express said of the performance: “Stephen Walsh shone in a rant of a poem about refusing promotion in a business as life world”. True dat.

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Special shout out: Erin Fornoff

Erin is a hip lady from the mountains of North Carolina and earlier this year she performed a blazingly engaging recital of the classic Shel Silverstein poem “The Perfect High”. The audience was electrified by her warm, goofy and giving performance of the dynamic, brilliant poem. At the brownbread mixtape christmas party she performed some of her own poems and held the room in stunned silence. You will hear her perform these and more in the new year at the brownbread mixtape. Until then, enjoy the wildly entertaining rendition of “The Perfect High”. Talent to burn so she has.

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So that was the spoken word year that was. It was varied, wild, wondrous and eclectic in the way that any good mixtape should be. We throughly enjoyed every minute of it and we hope that you did too. Please share this page or the individual YouTube links with others if you dig them. And go out there and support live spoken word shows. They need you as much as you need them!

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